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December 18, 2021

As 2021 ends and I reflect on the year, I can say that it was a good year for the Presbyterian Historical Society. Staff safely returned to the office and welcomed researchers into the building, we continued to collect the records of PC(USA) churches and leaders, and we made more records available in Pearl Digital Collections. All the while, we maintained our connection to the denomination and the community through our PHS LIVE webinars and staff visits to mid council...

December 18, 2021

On December 9, PHS Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor, Director of Development Luci Duckson-Bramble, and Director of Communications Kristen Gaydos gathered for a conversation on Zoom and Facebook. During the event, they looked back at 2021 and shared what they're most excited about in 2022.

Click the video below to watch the session.

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December 16, 2021

A lot has been written and said about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts our sense of time. Thinking back on 2021, several things come to mind immediately: the opening of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers Exhibit; publication of two special issues of The Journal of Presbyterian History; and welcoming a number of new

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December 7, 2021 to December 8, 2021

Newspapers advertised the sermon to be delivered June 21, 1903, a Sunday evening. Crowds gathered outside Olivet Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, to hear Robert A. Elwood warm to his theme, "Should the murderer of Helen Bishop be lynched?"

On June 16, seventeen year old Bishop had been assaulted on a rural roadside near Price's Corner; she died of a neck wound the next day. Late on the 17th a local Black farm worker, George White, was arrested for the murder. Police allegedly found a bloody knife in his possession. There were no eyewitnesses to the attack....

December 3, 2021

Rev. Richard Poethig, who died on November 22 at the age of 96, cared passionately about history. As a fraternal worker in the Philippines and a leader in the new field of urban and industrial mission, his historic ministry influenced church policies, assisted communities struggling with profound change, and impacted the lives of countless individuals. Throughout his life, he also championed the telling of history as crucial to navigating “the challenges...

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